PhD student position in the Department of Biochemistry/Biotechnology, University of Turku

Background information
A PhD student position is open in a newly started three-year project New Modalities: Recombinant Protein Platform for Drug Lead Discovery. The project aims to establish efficient strategies and tools for the development and optimization of protein based targeting molecules (antibodies and protein scaffold based binders) for drug development. The project also explores novel strategies to develop advanced antibody based drug candidates, including bispecific antibodies and antibody oligonucleotide conjugates. The project is funded by the Business Finland and is carried out in collaboration with prof. Pasi Virta (Dept. of Chemistry, UTU) and industrial partners.
The PhD student will join the Antibody engineering research group at Unit of Biotechnology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Finland. The group has an extensive expertise in research related to recombinant antibodies and in vitro evolution techniques. The student will focus on the development of advanced biomolecular compounds including bispecific antibodies and protein conjugates. The funding from the aforementioned project is available for the period 1.11.2018 – 31.8.2021.
We are seeking a highly-motivated PhD student interested in protein engineering and drug development. The applicant should hold a masters degree in biotechnology, biochemistry or biomedicine (or equivalent, or the graduation should be expected in 2018). Good spoken and written English are required. The doctoral training will contain also participation and presentations in international conferences.
The salary is determined in accordance with the university salary system for teaching and research personnel. For doctoral candidate the salary is at levels 2 – 4 on the job demands chart, where the task specific salary component is 2005,71 – 2500,06 euros per month. In addition, a personal work performance component will be paid. The personal work performance component is a maximum of 46.3 % of the task specific salary component. Trial period is 6 months.
Conditions and application deadline
The position will start at the earliest in Nov 1st 2018 .There is a trial period of six months. Send your application, CV and motivation letter at the latest Oct 18th 2018 via the electronic application form of the University of Turku. The link to the electronic application system is found at the beginning of this announcement (Apply for the job) http://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/open-vacancies/Pages/home.aspx
Additional information is given by Associate Professor Urpo Lamminmäki (urplammi@utu.fi)